1. For keeping in touch with relatives. (But is this really the best way? What happened to letters, and phone calls, and even emails?)
2. For keeping in touch with old friends. (Ditto above.)
3. For gaining new writing friends. Seriously, this one is cool. Especially during a pandemic when we can't get out to conferences or local groups, this one is very cool. I've learned so much from each and every one of them, even though we rarely comment on each other's stuff or make it a point to keep in touch beyond TBoF. But still -- reading about their successes and failures, how they're handling this or that, their insights on this or that aspect of the writing and editing and publishing world ... well, this part *is* worth the pain of hanging around that mostly time-sucking medium. I've learned so much.
4. For venting and kicking back and letting people know how stupid we all are. Ha. Oh the drivel. Need I say more? <big smile emoji>
But then there are the downsides:
1. The time-suck consideration.
2. The even greater time-suck consideration.
3. Ad infinitum, ditto, and again.
Is Facebook worth it? Well, yes and no. Controlled and in moderation, yes. Whipped into shape by sheer strong will and persistent determination? Yes. Taking regular breaks so as to tell it who's boss? Yes.
Let run wild and free and daily, "checking in" every few minutes or every hour or letting it sit in a tab on our screen while we supposedly "work" (seeing that horrendous time-sucking tab blink its notifications at us)? No, no, no.
At the moment, I've been "no" for the past nearly 2 weeks, and there's no end in sight for my no-ness. I'm sure I'll be back when something halfway interesting happens in life, but until then, I figure my family here can listen to my daily monotonous reveries. Be thankful I'm saving the rest of the folks from it.